River Management

Our mission

Fish and fishery management within the Don catchment is carried out jointly by the Don District Salmon Fishery Board and River Don Trust. Each organisation has its own specific remit but both have a similar key objective in that they both strive to make the Don and its tributaries a better habitat for Atlantic salmon, sea trout and brown trout.

Be this through policing and protecting the migratory and resident stocks of salmonids by the Don DSFBS’s Fisheries Officers or understanding and addressing the threats caused to stocks by climate change, agriculture and forestry or developments by the Trust.

A key component of the work of both parties is raising awareness and increasing the profile of the River Don, by working closely with stakeholders, developing our social media profile and engaging local communities, its hoped that this profile can be expand and allow the Don.

conservation code

The Conservation Code is updated annually by the Don DSFB and identifies legal requirements and conservation measures identified to protect Salmon and sea trout.

More information can be found here in the attached document.
See Appendix.

Since 1990 the River Don has had a brown trout Protection Order (PO) in place due to high levels of persecution by anglers using live baits and other means. Prior to this there was no legal means to protect resident trout stocks. The PO allows the Warranted Officers to protect the brown trout fishery and in practice, what this means is that it is a criminal offence to fish on any part of the Don (or Urie) covered by the PO without written permission, those choosing to do so may be prosecuted.

More information can be found here in the attached document.

If you see or suspect that any suspicious fishing activity is taking place, then please contact our Bailiff Team at the earliest opportunity on 01467 642121. All calls will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

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Jim Kerr

Senior Fisheries Officer

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Martin Webster

Fisheries Officer

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Stephen Murphy

Fisheries Officer